Blue spur flower

Plectranthus ciliatus

Blue spur flower

Blue spur flower

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - DOC
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants


Plectranthus is a trailing or straggling herb with stems covered in purple hairs. It has hairy, oval, textured leaves (5-12 x 3-7 cm) with serrated edges, the underside of which is purple. Erect stems (up to 30 cm tall) of tubular white flowers (1 cm long) with purple dots inside the lower lip appear from December to August.


This plant creeps along the ground, forming thick smothering mats that prevent seedling establishment.

What to do

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.

Page last updated: 18 June 2008